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news item News Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Sunday, November 12, 2017 11:18 AM - Sunday, November 12, 2017 11:18 AM

Walk-in clinic offers complete fracture care

The day after Christmas, 4-year old Ixchel was playing with her new toys and siblings in the family’s living room when a glass coffee table fell on her foot. Fearing the worst, Ixchel’s parents immediately took her to the local emergency room where they learned she had broken three bones in her foot.

After being stabilized in a soft-cast, the emergency room doctor told them Ixchel should see a pediatric orthopaedic doctor. He referred the family to the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia fracture clinic, where they did not need an appointment and could walk in any day during the week.

The following day, Ixchel and her mother Emily, walked into the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital where she was seen right away by Scott Kozin, M.D., lead orthopaedic surgeon and chief of staff.

Emily, a mother of five, noticed the difference at Shriners Hospitals for Children right away, “I have been to several other hospitals with my other children for so many different reasons, but none have been as pleasant and nice to me and my family. Everyone seemed to be truly concerned for my daughter and that we had everything we needed.”

Ixchel received a long cast and wore it for four weeks. While she was able to go home and do most of her physical therapy on her own, the rehabilitation department equipped her with a loaner wheelchair and later a walker.

Needless to say, Ixchel was super-excited to get the cast taken off after only a few weeks and back to playing with her brothers and sisters.

Learn more about the fracture clinic and care available for injuries that cannot wait at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia.